Category Archives: News & Events

Upcoming Events

As 2018 quickly approaches, there are a few upcoming events we would like to highlight.

  • January 19: Robbie Burns Dessert Night ($10 per ticket)
  • February 25: Youth Legion Chicken Dinner and Silent Auction ($15 per ticket)
  • March 10: St. Patrick’s Day Supper and Music ($20 per ticket)

All the event details are listed in our calendar of events! For more information on these fundraising events, please contact either the office or Debbie Plant! We look forward to seeing you in 2018!

St. John’s Santas at Agape Centre

St. John’s is proud to help the Agape Centre by serving lunch on the last Saturday of every month. Today our St. John’s “Santas” were serving lunch on the Saturday before Christmas.

Lighting the Advent Candle… 40 Years Later

A Historic Event… Forty years ago, the Reverend Dr. Rennie, started the Christmas Candle lighting tradition at St. John’s. The Libbey family was invited to light the first candle and their daughter, Heather, who would normally be in nursery school at that time, stayed upstairs to light the very first Christmas Candle. Thanks to the Reverend Ian Johnston and the Plant family, Erin Libbey, niece and goddaughter of Heather, was invited to light the first Christmas Candle this year. The Reverend Dr. Rennie, can be seen in the photo sitting in the first row.

New Elders

On Sunday, November 26th, 2017, 10 Elders were ordained or reinstated. A great time for a group photo of our Elders, Minister, Minister Emeritus and Ministers in Association. Not all Elders were present but a great group photo none the less.

Noël Classiqu’Arts SDG Christmas

Are you still awestruck from the concert in the St. Raphael’s Ruins this past summer? Are you looking for a way to continue that feeling right into the 2018 new year? Look no further!

Classiqu’Arts SDG Productions Presents:

A Classiqu’Arts SDG Christmas featuring traditional Christmas classics performed by renowned musicians.

This concert will be performed at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Cornwall (see poster or Facebook event for details)

Tickets are 25$ and available online: or by calling St. John’s Presbyterian Church (613) 932-8693.

Hurry! Tickets tend to sell out quick for our events!


Vous avez toujours de bons souvenirs de Classiqu’Arts 150 en août dernier aux Ruins de St-Raphaël?

Vous en voulez du pareil au même? Prenez donc connaissance de ce qui suit!

Les productions Classiqu’Arts SD&G présentent:

Noël Classiqu’Arts; un concert de musique classique avec la musique Noël traditionnelle, interprétée par des artistes renommés.

Le concert sera présenté le 9 décembre 2017 à 19 h à l’Église St. John’s Presbyterian à Cornwall.

Les billets sont disponibles en ligne: ou à l’Église St. John’s (613) 932-8693.

Ne tardez pas, les billets disparaîtrons rapidement!

Elder Nominations

TO: All Communicant Members of St. John’s


Sunday, October 8, 2017 is the last day to submit nominations for new Elders

*You may nominate UP TO 12

*1 nomination ballot per person being nominated

*Each ballot must by placed inside the small envelope and then inside the large envelope with your name on the outside

Let us keep all our leaders in prayer

Removal of the Sixth Street Cairn

In the interest of transparency for the lack of notice to the public and any concern/understanding that may have resulted from the removal of the cairn, we most humbly apologize. We offer the following as an explanation and outline our future plan for the site.

In 2016 the Session of St John’s Presbyterian Church in Cornwall determined that the cairn at the cemetery located at the corner of Sydney and Sixth Streets had to be removed. The past winter has been particularly hard on the cairn. Action was required to ensure the safety of the public using the park to ensure children and youth are not jeopardizing their personal safety because of crumbling walls and stone despite the wrought iron fence. Over the past few years there has been major deterioration of the cement holding the headstones in place, many of the headstones were badly cracked and some of the rebar exposed. Several stones were completely broken and had fallen away. Major repairs in the 1987 has not stopped the deterioration. The fence does not prevent youngsters climbing and playing on it. Our plans were communicated to Heritage Cornwall, a committee of the city, thus exercising due diligence and careful consideration.

The general condition of the cairn was inappropriate for the proper respect for our ancestors. Consistent with the Cemeteries Act of Ontario we followed our course of action on Monday recognized this obligation.

Please read the attached letter below for more details on the condition of the cairn and our plans for the future.

Press Release for Sixth Street Cemetery 15August2017

New LED Lighting and Repurposed Speakers in Caldwell Hall

Caldwell Hall LED

New LED lighting installed in Caldwell Hall

Caldwell Hall is much brighter, now that we have replaced the sodium lights with LED lights. This will definitely reduce our electricity costs and the hall is much brighter, which is better for groups like Pickleball. They even have dimmer switches so that the lighting levels can be adjusted. The speakers in the hall have also been replaced with the speakers that used to be in the Sanctuary and the sound is fantastic. If you have a group that would like to rent out the hall, please contact the church office for more information.

Passport to Peru Vacation Bible School

Passport to Peru VBS

Passport to Peru VBS

Passport to Peru Vacation Bible School will run daily from 8:30 to 11:00 am August 21st to 25th with a lunch and presentation on Friday for the children and their families. Come out and learn about Peru and God’s love. Fun, games, snacks, crafts, making new friends and learning more about the Bible… everything you like . Limited space, so reserve your children’s spot early. Contact Debbie at or call 613 936 3454 for more information. This is an event for all children Grades 1 through 5.







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Syrian Refugee Update

We have some exciting news to share with you regarding some developments about our Presbytery’s two Syrian Refugee sponsorship applications!

Pending completion of their security and background checks, both Ms. Daghistani and the Nahhs family could arrive here before mid-year.  Ms. Daghistani will be settling Brockville, while Tamy, Hiba, Joud, Waled and Dalal will be living in Kemptville.  Among these talented and accomplished people, we have an ESL teacher, a pharmacist, an engineer and two former educators.

The Presbytery’s Refugee Sub-committee has raised $22,853.75 to date to support these refugees.  We need to raise approximately $20,000 more to ensure we have sufficient funds to support the refugees during their first twelve months in Canada.  We encourage congregations to please continue their efforts to fundraise in the next few months.  Every effort, small or large alike will help us reach our fundraising goal!

We do not have a planned fundraising programme for 2017 – yet – we hope to have one or two events once we find our transition opportunities in the next few months. In the meantime, we invite you to consider giving an “extra mile gift” through your envelope, clearly noting that the gift is for the, Refugee Fund.

The Presbytery has not asked for an allocation from the congregations, leaving it to each congregation to respond as each is able and willing. On behalf of our Kirk Session and the Presbytery, I thank you for your generosity, as you are able and willing.

Thank you for your generosity as we offer these people a chance for a new life in Canada!

Blessings and Shalom!

Rev. Ian K. Johnston